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The Court in Jamestown issued an order 7 Mar 1624/5, that Ensigne Thomas Savage shall interpret for the good of the Plantation of Accomack according to such directions as he shall receive from Captain William Eppes or else to enter into bonds of 200 pounds sterling into sufficient surities unto Capt William Eppes not to have any conference at all or familiaritie with the Indians of those parts.

Thomas Savage died between 12 Aug 1631 and 24 Sept 1633 when "the widow Hannah Savage went on a bond of 500 pounds for her neighbor, Daniel Cugley (her husband to be).

Shortly after Thomas became settled at Werowocomoco the English discovered 'gold' just west of Jamestown Fort near the James River. They were so taken with the gold rush that day and night the conversation and time were devoted to digging of gold. Newport had brought back some gold refiners who declared this conglomeration to be gold. Captain John Smith had no control over his men. All their stores of food were depleted. The return boat could hold no more of the precious metal. They sent it to England and they later learned it was not gold, It came to be called 'fools gold'.

During the winter of 1610/11 which has been called 'the starving time' Thomas did fine. He was not lacking in food or warmth.

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